West Ham were absolutely terrible during our 2-0 defeat to Arsenal last night, make no bones about that.
There were, however, a few positives that we think can be taken from the game.
The Hammers were always going to go through a tough patch, especially with our lack of squad depth.
David Moyes would have known that and in many ways, West Ham are a victim of our own success. The job done by Moyes since he returned to the London Stadium has been truly exceptional. We are well ahead of schedule in our progression as a team and perhaps we are just expecting too much as fans.
There will be bumps in the road but generally we’re on the right track.
5 positives from West Ham’s 2-0 defeat to Arsenal
There were some positives things from last night’s game that need to be highlighted…
Craig Dawson and Issa Diop partnership
The Hammers duo will be playing together at the heart of defence for at least the next six weeks or so. Kurt Zouma and Angelo Ogbonna are both currently ruled out with long-term injuries. Dawson and Diop have proven all season long that they are very capable defenders though. And more importantly, the partnership they have forged together is a very strong one indeed.
Harrison Ashby minutes
The 20-year-old was given 10 minutes action by David Moyes last night and he didn’t disappoint.
Ashby may well be used against Norwich on Saturday with Vladimir Coufal suspended and Ben Johnson out injured. The young right-back looks to be more than capable of paying at the very highest level and the 10 minutes game-time he was given last night will do him the world of good confidence wise.
Lukasz Fabianski reflexes in fine fettle
The Polish stopper has been criticised by some sections of the West Ham fanbase this season. At 36, Fabianski is undoubtedly on the decline but he proved last night that he is still more than good enough to be playing regularly in the Premier League.
Fab produced a magnificent save from a Kieran Tierney volley in the first-half and then superbly kept Alexandre Lacazette’s penalty out in the second-half. The Polish goalkeeper’s reflexes are still very good and that is a big positive heading into there second-half of the season.
Still hard to break down
Despite the fact that we didn’t really lay a glove on Arsenal in the final third, we were very solid defensively once again. That was in spite of the fact that the entire back-four who were playing so well together last month were out injured.
We’ve already mentioned Dawson and Diop but aside from them we were well-organised and were extremely hard to break down. Under Moyes, we are always in a game no matter how poorly we are playing. And up until the 87th minute last night, that was the case at the Emirates.
What more can we say about the 22-year-old. He is head and shoulders above everyone else in this West Ham team.
Rice didn’t have his best game of the season last night but he was the only player to show any kind of fight, drive and intent. He is the captain with Mark Noble not playing regularly and he has taken the armband with great responsibly and maturity.
No matter how badly we are performing as a team, Rice always stands up to be counted. And we are very lucky to have him.
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West Ham were woeful last night, that can’t be argued. Let’s have some perspective though. We are fifth in the Premier League table and are through to the last 16 of the Europa League.
The Hammers are also set to take on Tottenham in the Carabao Cup quarter-final next week.
So taking all things into consideration, this season has still be a hugely successful one. Win against Norwich and we will be back on track.